Best Brand of Drums

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1Pearl

From the forum series beginner set to the pearl masters and reference high end sets, pearl delivers great sound quality, shell and hardare quality and they're not so expensive, I've tried out all of the pearl sets and each of them sounds amazing. (best one is the masters and the free floating snare drum )

Tama is good but I use pearl and I like it and I think dwdrums are better than Tamma not pearl though

I really love pearl.. Trusted for uncountable years of service )
We've been using it for our mini concerts and its very-good music makes our performance 'the best'.

Yes I must agree. I've had my pearl Series now over 12years. As a matter of fact everyone that hears it when I'm doing church functions tells me that my set is the best! & It is as for what I see and hear!

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2DW Drums

All the other companies make great gear. However, the attention to detail that goes into EVERY DW Drum kit, is what makes the difference. John Good, has come up with some amazing ways to get drums to sound the way everyone wants them to. They are VERY pricey (my new 7 piece, drums only, comes to $5,000 - and I got a screaming deal). But I believe the quality is untouched. I have owned 1 Yamaha kit, 2 Pacific Kits (PDP), and a Taye kit. I am super stoked about my newest adventure.

Like I said, the other companies in this list make great gear too, just not as "perfect" as DW in my opinion. I spent MONTHS looking for a new kit. DW, came out on top, but a close second were Mapex and Tama. 3rd was the Yamaha PHX, 4th was Gretsch. Pearl and Yamaha kits were further down the line. Pearl has always seemed "mass produced" to me, and so does a huge portion of the Yamaha line. While I know people will tout about the Pearl Master Series. I had a friend who owned a set. And while he had them tuned well, there was still a feeling a "mass production" to me. They were nice drums, very nice by today's standards. I just didn't feel that the quality surpassed other kits. When you hold a DW drum, and then hold another drum, I think you can feel the difference in the drum quality.

I have played every major manufacturers drums over the past 29 years. DW is the most innovative company in the industry today, and has been since the late 90's. Their kits have the best sound and are the easiest to tune of any brand I have tried. Specific endorsees usually are not a good measure of a company as with the top drummers it is a business decision not a personal choice. I am not an endorsee, just a real experienced professional drummer that chooses to buy DW because they are a vastly superior product.

John Good is a mad genius! DW drums are the most innovative and best sounding drums that this world has ever known in the history of music. The work that is put into making these wonderful instruments is so in depth and so precise. I love a good pearl kit, but I feel like they are more of an "assembly line" or massed produced product. You can watch any videos of any other brands and it doesn't seem like half of the work is performed on any other brand than DW. DW drums are definitely built with love and are matched by no other.

I will only use DW Drums. The sound of my Collectors Series kits is unmatched. Pearl cannot touch it!

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3Tama

TAMA IS THE BEST HANDS DOWN
Lars Ulrich's favorite drums
I mean is there is anything else to say
I don't think so

I have played early pearl kits made in Japan the quality was unmatchable then but over period of time Tama and ibanez guitars set the standards to near perfection. I played drums for pretty long time premiere was another good make in 70s. I started as drummer and ended up playing lead guitar now one again I have started playing drums and bought this Tama silverstar series drum kit, Tama has given a whole new dimension to drum sound construction build quality and sound is unmatched like ibanez has destroyed Gibson and fender in 40 years purely on merit sound build and to top it all the price is so good. That was yesterday its gone Tama has risen from nowhere to stand right on top cause of innovations they do, they keep surprising you with their quality and competitive price. In my 43 years I have played almost all brands of guitars starting from fender mustang 1960s model but ended up with ibanez jem series. Recently I had the choice of buying mapex pearl Ludwig Tama PDP by DW drums but silverstar by Tama rose up and got the prize. Playing drums after so many years I found that Tama has taken top slot just because the sound it has is so versatile and catchy it makes you wonder how can Tama drums be so good the lugs hoops wood hardware ease of playing is just spectacular. I tuned my silverstar kit and it started to sing every sha la la every wow wow. If you have to buy drums just get Tama and you are Happy forever for making the right choice.. Tama rocks and ibanez rules!

I've been with Tama for years, in my own personal opinion they are the all round best drum company. They are built very strong with many attachments anyone can get. You can get custom made or just a basic set. I started with a simple 5 piece swingstar and now its a crazy set I play with my industrial band and sessions I do. They are just built to last that's why I've had mine for 13 years, not to say Tamas Iron Cobras are built just as strong and last forever. Just my own opinion, my best friend plays pearl which is just as strong but I stick with Tama baby.

I had my tama drum set close to 15 years have yet to have a problem

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4Mapex

Amazing drum kits! They've got probably the best Snare Drums out of all the drum brands, in my opinion, and nearly the best toms too. Although their cymbals suck but that's what Sabian is for. MAPEX - LethalTortoise

Great sounding kits all round, even for a beginner or even a professional! There drums sound really good but again like some others will say, their Cymbals need a bit of work, but hey, that's why there's Zildjian and Sabian Cymbals there! If you can find a good deal on a Mapex kit, go for it! There probably also one of few drum kits that you get a lot of value in for what you pay for

It is a amazing drum brand. I've tried many other drums and to me I think mapex is the best. My current drum set is the Mapex Meridian Maple series. The mapex drums provides great sounds no matter wood you prefer.

Very nice and superb

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5Yamaha

Yamaha drums are by far the best sounding drums I've ever played (besides dw), yamaha's higher end drums, such as the maple custom series, produce a really deep, fat, warm, resonant tone, that I really haven't heard from some other companies. The durability of the drums is outstanding due to the fact they use the diagonal seem system which keeps the drums from warping. Yamaha also uses the airseal system which takes all the moisture out of the drums and keeps it out so you don't have to worry about humidity affecting the sound. I was really shocked to see Yamaha so far down the list, in my opinion Yamaha should be up in the top 3.

I'm using Yamaha ( power recording custom and hip-gig ) for about years and I won't change brand ever.
Useless to say which brand is the best, it's all about the sound you are looking for and to the style of music you play.
I think the top model of any brand is good.

In my opinion yamaha should be number one the toms have a nice tone and the bass is just incredible and another good thing is the tom sizes are amller which can help accommodate smaller drummers. Plus most churches and music festivals use yamaha drums. Even my grandmas church bright hope baptist in philly has a yamaha gig maker which wows me with the sound to be a beggining kit

Provide nice sound, little on the expensive side

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6Ludwig

Ludwig has been the standard to which all others have been compared to beyond the years of so many percussionists currently playing. Popularity is determined by high-profile performers which in turn tend to drive polls like these. Ludwig suffered when they also offered for sale their second tier of quality sets. However in my opinion, the best built with the best tonal delivery is still that of the Ludwig top line.

Don't forget Ringo from the Beatles. The set is awesome! I've used a Ludwig for the past 3-4 years. It's still standing. It still sounds great and I honestly love it! Pearl, DW, and Yamaha are good, but nothing beats Ludwig! - Lycanhropy21

Ludwig has to be the best hands down. The most original and innovative drumsets to date. Not only is the sound a perfect, authentic, fluffy sound but the kit finishes have to be the coolest. From Bonham to Starr to even Jack White, Ludwig is the name of drums. Even the standard kits aren't comparable to the basic sounds of wannabe noise-cylinders. Ludwig has been at the top since 1909 and it always will be.

Buddy Rich changed to Ludwig and they didn't sound anywhere as fine as the Slingerland or Rogers kits he played previous. I'm Sure that was about the $$$ He finally ended up playing what he started with. A Radio King set.

Best ever! Why is it not #1?

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7PDP

Great drums sound clear and just as good snares and toms as DW or any other brands. They sound clear and good and I have a PDP rack and it is more customizable that any I have used before.

The rev from avenged sevenfold use this brand too.! Its very brilliant set up..!

I think that pdp should be number 1 in the list. I have 1 pdp set at home and
Hve a wonderful sound

Great drums for the cost.

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8Gretsch

I have many kits over the years from pearl, to yamaha to tama to ludwig and many others, but none have compared to the sound that Gretsch produces. Their kits are cheap and the sound is just as good on a cheap Gretsch kit than on a expensive pearl kit. The shells are some of the best I've had the pleasure of listening to, and their tone is pitch perfect. I've talk to many drummers over the years and most agree that Gretsch is either the best or second best make ever. Gretsch kits can accustom any type of music from Jazz to heavy rock.If you're a beginner I would recommend a Gretsch kit, their sound quality and feel would welcome a beginner easily. Their German engineering rings true when you hear the mighty beats of a Gretsch kit.

While not the least expensive, Gretsch Renown's can go up against any kit in the marketplace. When I purchased my kit, there was a DW kit for twice the price next to it on the floor. I was amazed that the Gretsch kits tone seemed to be superior to the the DW. I tune my drums low and w/ Aquarian Performance 10 heads, I receive many compliments from sound engineers commenting on the quality of sound they produce. Just for jazz, I don't think so. These drums sounds like absolute thunder when properly tuned. Best of all, the American name is a true survivor. Gretch... Their slogan says it all... "That Great Gretsch Sound. "

Gretsch drums are top of the line when you pay for the the top shelf stuff.. Also their Renown line is in my opinion the best value in a drum today... They are just shy of the USA kits but for half the price and some rock musicians may even prefer the Renown line as they project incredibly and have all the features that the to USA collection has.. They are pure class and the die cast hoops focus the sound so that when you mic them live you have great control of the sound... Classic looks and elite sound... Worth every nickel...

Gretsch. Hands down. Don't even argue people.

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9Sonor Drums

Sonor is best for jazz music or even other music. It has good tone quality. The shells and the drums itself is excellent when it comes to durability and it is the drummer's drum.

It isn't so expensive yet its not cheap but it's price is affordable and the quality is so brilliant. Maybe other brands like pearl, yamaha, tama and other are far more bigger manufacturer of drumset but Sonor is far more better that those drumsets.

acdc plays with sonor, sound is perfect I love it. this is an excellent brand and its quality is very high which is reflected on its sound

Sonor drums are pricey but you won't find anything that is done without the utmost attention to detail.. Also I have noticed over the years the their drums all have very clear fundamental tones that are musical, not just loud and booming but musical and that is something discerning musicians want from their drums...

I have a 1977 anniversary issue sonor kit and it is amazing! The shells are awesome!

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10Zildijian

For me the symbols are off the hook, they ring like crazy! If you want to make some serious music buy zildijian symbols as for the rest of the drum am not so sure, cause I have'nt got the chance to try it yet. But seriously music calls for zildijian, sambian and tama now that is a drum for sure play hard my brothers!

Amazing! Really good to use. For beginners and even higher level pros! Should be the top 3 instead

This is maroon 5 drum

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The Newcomers

?DF

Very Cheap and it has incredible sound!

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11ddrum

Keep a close eye on this company(Ddrum) They are building superior products in just a short amount of time. I've played DW, Pearl, Tama, Ludwig, and none of these sets holds a candle to my custom maple Dominion Dominator set-up. Stix143

Have played many different brands of drums. Ddrum has them all beat. They sound awesome and look great as well. Best of all the price is not that bad.

Up and coming with a commitment to creating classy drums. Started without knowing what they truly wanted. Now moving in the right direction.

Why do you think many drummers are moving to ddrum? Great quality

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12Sabian

Zildgian has great cymbals... They're hand hammered... I love that, but if it breaks it's hard to find the same sound... I like sabian the most because the make both auto anvil and hammered cymbals. For my ride I like it constant sounding... But for my crashes... I like to experiment.

This cymbals are for the beginners, non-beginners, intermediate and advanced players

Sabian is the best

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13Premier

"Best underrated drum brand"

Keith Moon, among many other drummers have used this brand of drum. I had the pleasure to play a Premier set a few weeks back, best set I've ever played.

Perhaps not the most famous brand at the moment, but are definitely one of the best in history.

Legacy. No need to say anything else.

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14Wuhan

They are great my dads uses them all his life

15DW

DW has natural EQ, it sound is unbelievable and powerful, very inspiring and just a look at it will make you want to play

Dw is the best drums

Yes dw is the best

16Pulse

I believe pulse is underrated. The quality and sound that you get from this drum set is uncomparable considering how cheap they are to buy. Many people think that because they are less expensive means that they are cheaper, not the case. Make sure to give pulse a chance. I've played on a Yamaha Custum Stage and a standard pulse is better sounding and has higher quality

Just a great intermediate drum set

17Paiste

Paiste offer the most musically complex, consistently cymbals in the world. You can listen to their sound samples online and you can know your cymbal will sound like the sample! They have an incredible range of sounds - from bright to dark. I find Paiste cymbals to have the most "pure" tone quality. I constantly get compliments from engineers and fellow musicians. They also make the best gongs in the world.

I have got a set of 2002's and they just amazing. I just don't why this brand wasn't on this list until now.

I am using Paiste 101 Crash Cymbol + Hi_Hat... It sounds really great...!

I use paiste symbols and they the best things I've ever had

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18Meinl

Just bought MCS set for my son. He like so much and I am happy because, its sound so good for my budget

I like meinl cause most of their cymbals sound really good. The only thing is the price, but most good soundong cymbals are a lot of money

Best sounding cymbals I've used

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19Vic Firth

I put up that but Vic firth is great

There drum sticks are good and symbols

I love this brand I have been playing those for a long time

I got vic firths had them all my life hash tag awesome

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20Jinbao

This is also one of my drum set, I think it is good because I make it more better within just change all the toms and snare heads, and update all cymbals...

Very ok cause it is half the price as compared to other drums

This brand of drums is just right for a beginner they are selling at very good prices at kmall and comes with one hi hat a crash cymbel a bace drum a snare the three toms a seat and obveislyy the sticks this is just the kit that will let your heart rum to its content

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